Volunteer with Hilltop Artists

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Hilltop Artists. You will find details about volunteer opportunities by clicking the tabs below, but with any questions please contact Monique Simkova at or 253.571.7670. 

Volunteer at an event:

Hilltop Artists has several events throughout the year, including glass sales and the annual Better Futures Luncheon. We are always looking for volunteers to help make these events happen. Some roles are forward facing, while others are more solitary. Whatever your comfort level, we can find a volunteer role for you.

Volunteer in the office:

Administrative volunteer opportunities include data entry, bulk mailing support, and post-event database support. If you’re more business-minded, we rely on volunteers for our gallery hours, where you will sell and process student glass art. 

Volunteer to provide a meal:

If you like to cook, making dinner once a month for the young women in our Arts Connect program or the students on Team Production is wonderful way to support Hilltop Artists.

Volunteer to mentor a student:

If you are interested in mentoring students in our Daytime or After-School classes, please contact Monique at to complete a background check and application. Glass knowledge is not required, but rather, an outgoing and warm presence and comfort engaging with youth are essential. The foundation of the mentorship we offer is engaging with students during their creative process and time at Hilltop Artists. 


New volunteers must also fill out a Hilltop Artists volunteer application as well as read and understand the Hilltop Artists volunteer handbook. When required, volunteers must complete Washington State Criminal History Background Check. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about volunteering at Hilltop Artists, please contact Monique at or at 253-571-7670. 

By submitting this application, you affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. If you are accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by you on this application may result in immediate dismissal. It is the policy of Hilltop Artists to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. If working directly with students, we require a criminal background check which will be administered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Please review the Hilltop Artists Volunteer Handbook and indicate your understanding of the Volunteer Handbook by checking the box at the end of the form.

Questions? Contact Monique Simkova at 253.571.7670 or

Summer Festivals!

In the summer of 2019, we enjoyed participating in Art on the Ave, Glass Fest NW, Arts Night Out, and Hilltop Street Fair. Check back in next year to volunteer at one of these fun festivals!

If you would like to volunteer during the school year as a mentor, you do not need glass blowing experience as you will not be teaching glass arts. Note: volunteers working with youth must be able to pass a background check through Tacoma Public Schools. We provide the background check at no cost.


Our student mentor volunteers connect with students, engage with them about their projects, and help students creatively explore and experiment.

Potential student mentor volunteers will meet with staff prior to a volunteer shift to see if they’re a good fit for the program. We ask for a minimum of 3-6 months volunteering as it is difficult on the students and staff to have a rotating crew of volunteers. Relationships are built, memories are shared, and we want to provide a stable environment for our students.

If you are interested, please email to set up a time to come in.

School Year Hours: 8:10 am – 3:00 pm Class periods are an hour long and may vary. You may choose a time block within those hours.

After School Hours: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (September to June)

Team Production Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm Friday (September to June)

For an explanation of the different programs please visit our programs page.